Ready, Set, Go!

Enough already.

Winter, that is. Are you like me, sooo ready for spring’s arrival on March 20? Even though, since Northeast Pennsylvania weather is good at ignoring the calendar, we might have a blizzard a week later? Spring being less than a month away is reason enough for Gosh Yarn It! to celebrate with a Spring Sprint. Let me explain.

First, if you aren’t a member of the online knitting/crocheting/spinning community of Ravelry.com, let me tell you about “Ravelympics,” one of Ravelry’s best ideas. During the Ravelympics, you start and finish one or more projects or, alternatively, pick up a languishing UFO and complete it, in the 17 days between the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies. For those who participated in 2010 – as I did – during the Winter Games in Vancouver last year, it was two joyful weeks of adrenalin-charged stitching (knitting, in my case). I worked faster and longer than I ever had before. It was great! With the indulgence and encouragement of my bemused family, I was able to complete two small lace-weight shawls, a Citron (below) and just about all of a Swallowtail.

The next official Ravelympics will be held July, 2012, during the London Summer Games.  But Gosh Yarn It! is not going to wait.  This is where we return to our Spring Sprint modeled after the Ravelympics, so we can all count down the last days of winter and celebrate the arrival of spring with brand new finished projects!

The Gosh Yarn It! Spring Sprint will kick off at 6:00 p.m. at our regular Thursday Stitch & Spin on March 3. (Attendance not required; just mark your calendar with “Ready, Set, Go!”) The Sprint will conclude with the official end of winter at the spring equinox on March 20, 7:21 p.m. EDT.

In the official Ravelympics there are multiple events with options to “compete” as an individual or with a team, but we ask only that you:

  • sign up to participate, either on our Spring Sprint thread on Ravelry, in the shop, or by phone, on or before March 3
  • register your chosen Spring Sprint project(s) with us on or before March 3
  • announce your success after March 20! We hope you’ll bring your FO to the shop to be photographed for a winners’ gallery on the GYI blog or post your own pictures on our group thread on Ravelry.

The Ravelympics are about setting and meeting your own goals, and the most important rule is: Challenge yourself. Think about what would be a stretch for you. A project that would “expand your knitting/crocheting/spinning horizons.” Want to try a new technique? Make your first pair of socks? Whip up two dozen dishcloths to give as Christmas gifts? Finish that scarf or afghan that’s been in time-out for months? You choose what would make you feel like a “winner”!

And what is “finished”? The Ravelympics rules ask, “does it mean blocked? Ends woven in? Sewn together? Photographed? That’s up to you. Remember the One Rule: Challenge yourself. If you feel it’s finished without the ends woven in or before blocking, then mark it finished. If not, don’t. Be honest with yourself, and we’ll celebrate with you.”

Start thinking about what you’d like to create in the last 17 days of Winter 2010-11. All Spring Sprint participants reaching their personal finish line will receive “gold medals,” of course, and we’ll even hold our own “closing ceremony” to bring the festivities to a close!

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One response to “Ready, Set, Go!

  1. LOVE this idea! Already have something planned. I want to teach myself how to PURL continental and I have the perfect project! I will be making “a buttoned shawl” pattern #13-18 by Korall, in their Korall cotton yarn. This is a stockinette shawl, so that means LOTS of purling because it’s done in the flat!!! Can’t wait to start. See you all Thursday night!!

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